Securing Canada's Cyberspace Symposium


When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 08:00 - 16:00

Where: Ottawa, ON

The Public Policy Forum is organizing a series of policy discussions across Canada with senior law enforcement, business, government, and academic leaders specializing in cyber-security. In March 2016, the Forum convened roundtable discussions in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to explore the following theme areas:

  • Protecting the Marketplace
  • Protecting Critical Infrastructure
  • Protecting Individual Privacy

These roundtables helped shed light on the key cyber challenges and some potential strategies to address them. 

On Thursday June 16, 2016, the Forum will explore and expand on our roundtable findings at an executive-level cybersecurity symposium at the Rideau Club in Ottawa. Our objective is to identify practical solutions and policies the Government of Canada can implement as part of its forthcoming cybersecurity strategy. We are also seeking to provide guidance to corporations, academic institutions and individuals on how they can better protect themselves from online threats.

Keynote speakers:

  • Malcolm Brown, Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada
  • Richard Fadden, Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister; Former Director, Canadian Security Intelligence Service
  • Stephen Lund, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunities New Brunswick
  • Neil DesaiDirector, Corporate Affairs, Magnet Forensics

Panelists and moderators:

  • Imran Ahmad, Partner and National Leader, Cybersecurity, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Lucie AngersGeneral Counsel / Director, External Relations, Justice Canada
  • Ken Barker, Professor, Computer Science, University of Calgary
  • Chantal Bernier, Counsel, and Former Assistant & Interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Dentons LLP
  • Ray Boisvert, Senior Associate, Hill+Knowlton
  • André Boucher, Director General, Cybersecurity Partnerships Branch, Communications Security Establishment Canada
  • Bonnie Butlin, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Security Partner’s Forum
  • Will CartyManager, Public Policy for U.S. & Canada, Twitter
  • Keith Cerny, Vice President, Technology, ACL
  • Kevin Chan, Head of Canadian Public Policy, Facebook Canada
  • Corinne Charette, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Gerald Cossette, Director, FINTRAC
  • Jeremy Depow, Executive Director, Canada’s Digital Policy Forum
  • Janet De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
  • Ursula Gobel, Associate Vice President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Robert Gordon, Executive Director, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange
  • Peter Henschel, Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • John Hewie, National Security Officer, Microsoft Canada
  • Brenda McPhail, Director of the Privacy, Technology, and Surveillance project, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • Kerry Patterson-Baker, National Director, Government Affairs, Symantec
  • Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice President of National Affairs, Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses
  • John ProctorVice-President, Global Cyber Security, CGI
  • Peter Sloly, Deputy Chief, Toronto Police Service (Retired)
  • Pam Snively, Chief Data and Trust Officer, Telus Communications
  • Michel Tarko, President and CEO, Justice Institute of British Columbia 
  • Kevin Wennekes, Chief Business Officer, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

Please note that space is limited. To register, please click here.

For more information on the Securing Canada’s Cyberspace project, please contact:

James McLean
Project Lead
Public Policy Forum

Thank you to our partner

Our in-kind partners

The University of Calgary, School of Public Policy & 

And to Public Safety Canada for providing funding through the Cyber Security Cooperation Program.